Pre-Meetup for July Kayak Trip to Pictured Rocks For North Group

It is only a few weeks till our Kayak trip to Pictured Rocks and we still didn’t have a pre-meetup yet. 
I think it is a good idea if we meet at least once before the trip so everyone can get to know each other and decide how we can carpool up north. 
However, there is a dilemma in that most people are either living very south or very north… no one in the middle. Here is what I mean…

<Very South>

Ann Arbor -> Jess Trip +1, Magda Munteanu, Rachel Naemi +2 
Detroit -> Karana 
Westland -> Jaesung Lee 
Livonia -> Barbara Glover

< Very North> 
Clarkson -> Taylor Kanas +1, Dustin Tierney/ Jessica Padget 
Sterling Heights -> Sherry Tester/Michael Swita 
Southfield -> Vicki Valan 
Troy -> Eric Stimpson, Judy Ammar 
Royal Oak -> Patrick Gannette 
Waterford -> Jim Katterman

<Misc.>
Okemos -> Kristen Furseth 
Windsor -> Maria Chiopa/ Janet Hart/ Sherah VanLaerhoven

Just to make things more convenient for the pre-meetup, I was thinking we have 2 pre-meet… one for the south people in Ann Arbor and the other for the north people in Pontiac/Troy. 
The people from misc. locations can join in through skype to either of the meetings. 
Since most people finish work at 6pm on Saturday and Sunday, I was thinking of having the pre-meetup at 8p at a 24hour coffee/donut shop with wi-fi connection. The only 24 hours places I know so far are Starbucks and Tim Hortons, so that was my 1st pick so far. If you have any of better venues, I am all for it. 
Let me know in the comments if you can make it.

 

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  • Judi

    It's looking like the best first place to meet is across the bridge at the Michigan Welcome Center by 1:30 p.m. This will give J a chance to meet the Okemos person in Greyling and proceed to crossing the bridge and avoid the fireworks crowds. What do you think, J? On another note, I'm riding up with Eric and another person from Detroit. Eric is going to detour to Traverse City area on the way back to spend Sunday night there. That means the Detroit person and I will have to find another way home. Is there room in another vehicle or should I plan on driving? J, we need your input on this.

    July 3, 2013

    • Jessica P.

      *in

      July 3, 2013

    • Judi

      Ok, Eric. I got it. I'll still plan to meet you at your house before 8:00 a.m. It looks like I won't be left in Munising :). Are we all skipping the Flint meeting and just meeting at the Welcome Center across the bridge at 1:30 p.m.?

      July 3, 2013

  • Kristen F.

    sorry left off the phone number[masked]

    July 3, 2013

  • Kristen F.

    I am the Okemos person and I am bringing the new guy from Lansing and we would prefer to meet on the UP at the Welcome Center.
    So see you all there!
    You and your friend can ride with me. You can drive here and leave your car in my garage or at the Okemos Park and Ride (exit 110). About 45 min from AA. You can call me at[masked]; to work out the details. The car is very nice and has lots of room ( BMW x3).

    July 3, 2013

  • Taylor K.

    Same with us (including Dustin, Kyle, and Jess). We might not be able to make the 9am meetup in Flint. Where is the meetup across the bridge? Is it still b/t 2 and 2:30? If you need to get ahold of us, you can reach me on my cell[masked]-5152. Thanks! We are super excited!

    July 3, 2013

  • Sherry

    Quick message about driving tomorrow... Michael and I won't be meeting up with you in Flint, but rather, on the other side of the bridge. Is the plan still to meet there between 2 and 2:30? If any of you need to contact us, his cell is[masked]-5202. And no, it's not Verizon.

    1 · July 3, 2013

    • Kristen F.

      Where on the other side of the bridge? We were given the MacDonalds in Gaylord at 1:30 and I would prefer to meet on the other side of the bridge to get across before it gets to jammed.

      July 3, 2013

  • Kristen F.

    Where on the other side of the bridge? We were given the MacDonalds in Gaylord at 1:30 and I would prefer to meet on the other side of the bridge to get across before it gets to jammed.

    July 3, 2013

  • Kristen F.

    I can be skyped or can a group conf call be set up?

    Reminder - I can drive from Okemos and have a mid-size SUV with good gas mileage. I can take up to 3 more people ( 4 passengers total). Must be able to get to to either the park and ride at Exit 110 (I96) or can park you car in my garage (3 miles north of Exit 110). Call me at[masked] to arrange.

    June 23, 2013

  • Maria C.

    I fly out Monday morning for a conference, and will try and make it to the pre-Meetup, but can't guarantee it.

    June 17, 2013

    • Jaesung Edward L.

      Since you are coming from Windsor, would you rather join us through skype instead?

      June 18, 2013

    • Maria C.

      Welll..... I can go shopping there if I make it, which gives me a big incentive to join you :)

      June 18, 2013

  • Sherry

    Thank you Jaesung, count me in!

    June 15, 2013

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